West Ham United’s Early Business |Nordtveit, Feghouli, Töre + More!
Posted by James Jones | Published on July 10, 2016
It’s fair to say that West Ham United have made some impressive transfers in the summer window in the last few years. More notably to the outside world, the signing of Dimitri Payet, along with a handful of others that don’t grab the headlines like the Frenchman does such as Michail Antonio, Angelo Ogbonna and Manuel Lanzini.
Currently, a week into July and West Ham have kept up to their standard of summer windows securing two top signings, without having to spend a penny. In mid-June, it was confirmed Håvard Nordtveit and Sofiane Feghouli would join The Hammers on 5-year and 3-year contracts respectively when the transfer window officially opened.
Håvard Nordtveit is a 26-year old defensive minded Norwegian international who played a majority of last season in the center of Borussia Mönchengladbach’s defence, occasionally pushing forward and covering the back four in a defensive mid along with the central mid role. It’s not quite clear where Håvard will feature for West Ham as of yet, with Alex Song returning to Barcelona, and James Tomkins’ move to Crystal Palace, both of his favored positions need covering. The Norwegian has a number of strengths and weaknesses alike, particular strengths including set-piece taking along with interceptions and blocking. Only picking up 4 yellow cards last season he has a calm and collected attitude. Nordtveit’s fellow Borussia Mönchengladbach team mate has also opted for a move to the Premier League, joining London rivals Arsenal.
Sofiane Feghouli is a 26-year old Algerian midfielder who favors playing on the right wing. Sofiane missed a large proportion of Valencia’s campaign last season with a leg injury, missing a total of 14 games for the La Liga outfit. Putting his injury behind him, he ended last season playing 20 games, scoring once and assisting another for Valencia in what many would agree a frustrating season. Feghouli has an impressive international record which boasts a goal every 4 games, most recently scoring a brace in an emphatic 7-1 thrashing of Ethiopia in this year’s African Cup of Nations. Feghouli will be a great addition to The Hammers current squad, with the addition of Europa League football and the potential for a congested fixture list with domestic cup competitions running simultaneously, the Algerian midfielder will get his fair share of appearances. Despite being only 5ft 8, Sofiane has good ariel threat ability, often winning many ariel duels. To match his strength to win the ball in the air, he also contributes well getting back to cover his teammates when out of possession.
Moving on to transfer targets, it’s been no secret that Slaven Bilic is a massive fan of Beşiktaş winger Gökhan Töre whom he signed and managed at the Turkish club before taking over at West Ham following Sam Allardyce just over a year ago. Usually, when a manager joins a team it’s common procedure to be linked with a former player of theirs, and this was the case virtually the day after Slaven joined The Hammers. A year later the Töre/Bilic reunion looks to finally be happening with a loan deal reportedly agreed. Beşiktaş want a fee of around €5 million for the season-long loan, with that initial payment to be taken from the €13 million price tag the Süper Lig have placed on him at the end of the season should we sign him permanently.
After failing to secure the services of a top striker as it currently stands, following being rejected by the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Michy Batshuayi, West Ham have turned their attention to another natural goal scorer, 29-year old Columbian international Carlos Bacca of AC Milan. Bacca has scored over 100 combined goals since 2011 for 3 different clubs, Club Brugge, Sevilla and AC Milan. A deal has apparently been agreed with Milan, just leaving personal terms with the player left to sort out regarding wages and bonuses. I fully expect the club to offer Carlos the right deal and secure his services as the club have been crying out for a 20-goals a season striker for years!
Other than the names mentioned above there are many potential targets we could go for of course and it’s reported we have bids in for around 10 players, some of which have been kept on the down low, but some we do know the club are interested in are Toulouse duo Wissam Ben Yedder and Martin Braithwaite. Finishing up on this transfer round up I fully trust our board in their decison making, and what will be will be. They’ve proven themselves and out done themselves in every tranfer window since taking over the club in my opinion, and I can’t see that progression and momentum halting anytime soon. As always there have been several youth players signing up, with more to follow in the coming weeks to the join The Hammers in which promises to be one of the biggest in the clubs history.